A Special Day

button up: target (boys section – refashioned)
skirt: h&m
wedges: old navy (shop)
bracelets: charlotte russe
Yesterday was a good day. Sundays are always good days, but yesterday was special. My sweet grandpa, who was eighty-eight years old, and had suffered from kidney failure for a while, quietly passed away. Only an hour or so before I heard from my dad telling me the news, I was laying in bed, slowly waking up, and felt my little baby move inside me for the first time. 
I spent the whole day thinking about these two events — life entering a tiny growing body, and life leaving an old and well-lived one. I don’t even know how to describe my feelings from the day except that I felt grateful for life and for family, and especially for the knowledge of life after death (and before birth) that my church gives me. Such a special day. 
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  1. Let me just tell you, the people who said they thought you looked pregnant are big fat liars. You're still looking as trim as ever. Sorry to hear about your grandpa.

  2. I am so sorry to hear about your grandfather ๐Ÿ™


  3. I first felt my baby move on, what would have been, my grandpa's 82nd birthday. I couldn't help but think that it was his way of letting me know, "I've got him, he's in good hands". Makes me teary just to think of that special day.

    I'm so sorry for your loss. But what a blessing eternal families are!

  4. I'm so sorry for your loss, but I think it is so cool that you felt your baby move for the first time during that time. Isn't life a miracle? Thoughts are with you and your family today.

  5. I'm so sorry for your loss, Merrick. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts.


  6. First off you don't look pregnant at all! =) I wouldn't have even known until you mentioned it! That is a bitter sweet day for sure. As death brings new life… xoxo A-

  7. Ralphie says:


    My heart goes out to your family. It is sweet and sad to see a life so loved and well lived leave and move forward. You were blessed to have Heavenly Father's love for you manifest in such a simple and beautiful way.

    Love to you, Ralphie

  8. preethi says:

    This is such a beautiful post. Little reminders like that do have a way of making you that much more grateful. What a special day, indeed.

  9. I'm so sorry about your grandpa, Merrick!! You have a such a touching perspective!

    Are those shoes walk-friendly? I love them and might need to copycat!!

  10. heidikins says:

    What a beautiful post, I'm so sorry for your loss, and thrilled with the little life inside of you.


  11. Emily Kate says:

    So sorry about your sweet Grandpa. But feeling your new little one must have been a tender mercy of the Lord. This was a lovely post.

  12. Sara Flynn says:

    I am sorry for your sweet grandpa, but I am happy to hear about the new life that is growing!! That is seriously a lot to take in one day.

    On a much lighter note- I do love this outfit! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Emily says:

    Sorry to hear about your grandpa. I always LOVE that first time you feel your baby move and after I have had my baby I always miss it. I love this outfit. I totally looked for that skirt at H&M on Saturday and didn't find it. Sad! You look adorable as always!

  14. Packrat says:

    One life leaves earth to make room for a new one. The sad and the happy. So sorry to hear about your grandfather. Elated about the baby.

  15. newpetite says:

    A bitter sweet day. Take care and you look lovely in the pics!

  16. KKortney44 says:

    This post touches my heart so much. I am so sorry about your loss. What a blessing the knowledge the gospel brings is. I am so excited for your new addition and so happy you are feeling baby #2 squirm around. Is this earlier than you felt Peanut, or about the same time? You look beautiful as always, love the shoes!

  17. Annie says:

    Aw Merrick, sorry to hear about your grandpa. That is SO special that you felt your baby move on the same day…such a wonderful sign ๐Ÿ™‚

    The Other Side of Gray

  18. Leanne says:

    SO sorry to hear about your grandpa, but what a special day to feel you sweet baby!

  19. What a great blog! I love your style. I have this same skirt, so thanks for the style inspiration!

    And what a touching story about your grandpa and baby, thanks for sharing. Wishing you well.

  20. Love your outfit! Simple yet so chic. ๐Ÿ™‚

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